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    ^ Still a good deal! The code wouldn't work for Lisa Kirk either (12ml is too small it seems). Was looking forward to smelling like tear gas and decaying flesh for the holidays too :'(

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadidol View Post
    It's when he makes something out of Ear of Unicorn, Dodo Musk, or something that's just mind-blowingly expensive to source, that he runs into problems.
    This is the best thing I've read all week.

    That's what happened with Sova. The stuff was just so rare that once the stock was up, I guess it was over. Still my favorite scent from the house.

    And on a side note, I've been in love with Jeke lately. I didn't love the EDP, but I feel the extrait was a step in the right direction. The smoky notes were turned down a bit I feel, and the leather was turned up. It's very unique. I'm glad to have a bottle on the way at last.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadidol View Post
    ^ Still a good deal! The code wouldn't work for Lisa Kirk either (12ml is too small it seems). Was looking forward to smelling like tear gas and decaying flesh for the holidays too :'(
    Hahahahah!! What a bummer!
    Now I gotta check this scent out.
    Looking for THE femme fatale scent. If you think there is something I should smell please PM me!

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    Does anyone know what was cited for the dropping of Baque? Between this thread and the still hidden long old thread, I don't think I've ever seen a negative opinion of it. Was this another victim of materials becoming scarce?


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    Quote Originally Posted by markc View Post
    Does anyone know what was cited for the dropping of Baque? Between this thread and the still hidden long old thread, I don't think I've ever seen a negative opinion of it. Was this another victim of materials becoming scarce?
    There are times when he feels like an idea has been exhausted and no longer represents what he's doing (usually around the time a cask runs dry), but that one had a number of parallels to Sova (even though you can tell them apart), so having both share the spotlight seemed a bit awkward, Sova was arguably the more developed scent (despite its divisive nature), but Baque, to me, was and is one of his best. To be honest, I think it'll make a return sometime in the future now that Sova's out of the picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadidol View Post
    There are times when he feels like an idea has been exhausted and no longer represents what he's doing (usually around the time a cask runs dry), but that one had a number of parallels to Sova (even though you can tell them apart), so having both share the spotlight seemed a bit awkward, Sova was arguably the more developed scent (despite its divisive nature), but Baque, to me, was and is one of his best. To be honest, I think it'll make a return sometime in the future now that Sova's out of the picture.
    Sounds good enough to me! I got to the show late and haven't ever smelled it. It does sound great, and I am a fan of Sova. Thanks for the info!


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    Quote Originally Posted by markc View Post
    Sounds good enough to me! I got to the show late and haven't ever smelled it. It does sound great, and I am a fan of Sova. Thanks for the info!
    It's much smoother than Sova, although it's more smoky. It's basically a very resinous, amber-y, creamy thing with tobacco and apricot. The apricot is very dry and really adds to the creamy effect. It's incredibly loud, though -- a half spray again will do the trick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadidol View Post
    It's much smoother than Sova, although it's more smoky. It's basically a very resinous, amber-y, creamy thing with tobacco and apricot. The apricot is very dry and really adds to the creamy effect. It's incredibly loud, though -- a half spray again will do the trick.
    Now you're torturing me, hahaha. I very much prefer strongly projecting fragrances. Ultimately, the reason I passed on bottles of Jeke, Vikt and Pear + Olive was that they sit too close to the skin for my tastes. I still admire the beauty in those, just preferred more projection.


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    Quote Originally Posted by markc View Post
    Now you're torturing me, hahaha. I very much prefer strongly projecting fragrances. Ultimately, the reason I passed on bottles of Jeke, Vikt and Pear + Olive was that they sit too close to the skin for my tastes. I still admire the beauty in those, just preferred more projection.
    They've definitely been tamed in that regard. His earlier stuff was WAY loud, but blistering volume can sometimes be read as a little tacky and inconsiderate—which really doesn't fit this aesthetic at all. Then again, I can only wear a half-spray of Jeke, P+O, and Vikt myself as I find them all to be blasting loud still. Ore has been tamed to about the right level for me.

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    Baque is incredible. I know it was an exclusive fragrance for indiescents when it was released. Might have been limited in materials...this stuff smells like the distillery houses at Maker's Mark in the hills of Kentucky.

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    Agree with both deadidol and rynegne - Baque is incredible and one of my favorites from Slumberhouse.

    Let's see how much of a change Zahd's had compared to the 2 or 3 versions of samples I got. I can never doubt deadidol, he's dead on target all the time with rgds to notes / changes etc; if I feel the same way with Zahd, then it might jump Baque, Norne, Vikt, Rume, Sova, Kere and go all the way to # 1...I was already extremely happy with the first sample /version of Zahd that I told Josh I'm ready to pay and buy it the way it was; it's obvious he wasn't still happy and made whatever changes... I can confidently say that more than 90 percent if not all will be very happy with Zahd.

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    I just sprayed my wrist with Zahd off of a sample that a little bird dropped my way. This will be great for the Holidays.

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    I'm hearing that some Zahd teasers may or may not have been sprinkled through the air today!
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    Eki- is it discontinued?
    I just sampled it and adore it..
    it seems difficult to wear though..

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    Eki- is it discontinued?
    I just sampled it and adore it..
    it seems difficult to wear though..
    Yeah, it's gone. Parfum1 had a couple of bottles left, but they're not on the website any more. You might give them a call to see if they happen to have one floating around. I don't think it's hard to wear though -- it's just a bright, white floral.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadidol View Post
    Yeah, it's gone. Parfum1 had a couple of bottles left, but they're not on the website any more. You might give them a call to see if they happen to have one floating around. I don't think it's hard to wear though -- it's just a bright, white floral.
    Check TwistedLily. According to Josh Parfum1 is starting to shift his line over to there. I've seen bottles of Flou over there, which is something I want to get for my mom (She loved it at first sniff).

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    3 bottles came in the mail today--no Zahd samples.

    I'm actually happy about that, because now it will truly be a surprise when it arrives in a few weeks. If I got a sample today, I don't think I could have restrained myself.

    So anyway, with Mare and Ore, I knew what I was getting, but Vikt was a blind buy. This stuff is great. The opening is brutal. Really rough. But after 10 minutes it's fantastic. I definitely look forward to wearing it this winter. The dark incense that emerges with the oud in the base smells incredible, so deep it almost sucks you in. And along the top there's that cool, clean anisic aspect. There's even a little animalic muskiness lurking in the base, providing a great feeling of warmth. I like this a lot.

    Thanks for the Vikt review deadidol, it gave me the impetus to scoop this up during Friday's sale and I don't regret it one bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony T View Post
    Eki- is it discontinued?
    I just sampled it and adore it..
    it seems difficult to wear though..
    I have an unopened Eki sample if you want it Tony.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buysblind View Post
    Thanks for the Vikt review deadidol, it gave me the impetus to scoop this up during Friday's sale and I don't regret it one bit.
    Awesome; Glad you like it!

    They're not the easiest scents in the world to describe, so I'm always concerned that I'm going to throw someone off with my descriptions.

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    deadidol / all - any descriptions of Eki? Would love to even blind buy this...

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    About to head out the door. White floral, slightly fruity, Lutens-esque. Very bright.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadidol View Post
    Awesome; Glad you like it!

    They're not the easiest scents in the world to describe, so I'm always concerned that I'm going to throw someone off with my descriptions.
    Definitely. They are tough to describe, but once you're kind of familiar with the Slumberhouse aesthetic, reading the reviews is easier. And I think what you said is pretty spot on. I really agree with this part right here:

    It wears incredibly well as it settles into a more incense type scent quite fast, and for much of the ride, it's linear and very consistent. As with several of his other extrait transformations, this is now a little more civilized as far as tenacity goes, although it jumps off the skin more than, say, Norne extrait.

    and this:

    Because of this, the newer version feels slightly more medicinal: a balmy, resinous, camphorous thing, but there's a surprisingly invigorating component to it as well.

    I've never smelled the previous version, but I agree with your descriptors here regarding the newest iteration. It's so hard to put smells into words, but from the general positive tone of your review, along with certain words such as "wearable" and "clarity," and "civilized," I had a feeling it would work.


    The only thing I'd add is that there is this hint of animalic muskiness beneath everything--actually similar (though not nearly as prominent) to the late drydown animalic musk of L'Ombre Fauve--which kind of smells like skin that's been licked and has dried, or a cat's fur a little while after its cleaned itself. It's a sweet "crustiness," very comforting and human. Of course in Vikt, this is combined with the dark incense and the nice little smokiness that accompanies it. What a great dry down!

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    Quote Originally Posted by badarun View Post
    deadidol / all - any descriptions of Eki? Would love to even blind buy this...
    Sorry for the quick reply. I was heading out and thought you might need a quick overview.

    I haven't worn Eki in some time (I have some around here somewhere though), but from I remember it's a fairly straight forward white floral with a little but of musk. I do remember it being very bright and vivid -- kind of like one of the watercolor type Lutens scents -- but honestly, nothing to write home about. I'd be more inclined to keep your eyes peeled for a Kote which was excellent -- clementine over mahogany. It reminded me of a freshly polished musical instrument.

    Quote Originally Posted by Buysblind View Post
    I've never smelled the previous version, but I agree with your descriptors here regarding the newest iteration. It's so hard to put smells into words, but from the general positive tone of your review, along with certain words such as "wearable" and "clarity," and "civilized," I had a feeling it would work.

    The only thing I'd add is that there is this hint of animalic muskiness beneath everything--actually similar (though not nearly as prominent) to the late drydown animalic musk of L'Ombre Fauve--which kind of smells like skin that's been licked and has dried, or a cat's fur a little while after its cleaned itself. It's a sweet "crustiness," very comforting and human. Of course in Vikt, this is combined with the dark incense and the nice little smokiness that accompanies it. What a great dry down!
    The older version was still very similar, but it had some pungent vegetal / metallic notes that were a bit too loud. This also has a massive amount of sandalwood in it which serves to smooth out some of the harsher edges that were in the original. To compensate, the main accord (fennel, anise etc.) is cranked up a bit higher. I don't get the musk you're talking about, but this has a similar backbone to Ore (musky balsams), but with oud aded to it. I'll try and spot the musk as I love L'Ombre Fauve's sweet musk. (That scent still trips me out to this day.)

    Vikt, to me, is like chewing on raw licorice sticks with some incense burning away in the background. It's very fun scent that's easy to enjoy and doesn't take itself too seriously, but could turn dramatic and melancholy depending on mood.

    I just hope I was able to do justice to Zahd as a lot of people picked that one up. I did hear from a couple of people today who got their hands on some and it sounds like they loved it.

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    Hi, deadidol. Didn't see your thread or I would have posted my Slumberhouse sniffs here instead of there: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/372...49#post3009349

    As of yesterday, I'm head over heels with Slumberhouse. Haven't tested Eki, Vikt and Zahd yet. Will read on to see if you tell us how to get samples!

    Off to shop the sale!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScentFan View Post
    Hi, deadidol. Didn't see your thread or I would have posted my Slumberhouse sniffs here instead of there: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/372...49#post3009349

    As of yesterday, I'm head over heels with Slumberhouse. Haven't tested Eki, Vikt and Zahd yet. Will read on to see if you tell us how to get samples!

    Off to shop the sale!
    Ha, I was reading your post at the same time you were reading this one! I think this why using the "general" forum is a great option for lines that don't subscribe to gender marketing tactics. There's an even bigger thread that's in the Huddler archive, so this is more of a placeholder which will be merged once the original returns.

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    Kote sounds interesting, D.I. - any idea when release is expected please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lpp View Post
    Kote sounds interesting, D.I. - any idea when release is expected please?
    To my knowledge it was another one of those fragrances that was discontinued. I think you'd have to try and track down a bottle online, but if it is anything like my experience tracking down Esprit de Parfum Ore, it will go for a high price and be very hard to find.

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    Aah, thanks for the info., OctaVarium - looking forward to future new releases, anyway!

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    Have been sampling a few of the current Slumberhouse extraits and here are my thumbnail reviews so far:

    Vikt - deadidol's description is very good; I get the raw licorice opening, it's chewy, slightly earthy, and realistic. Despite Josh's not using top notes and the general linearity of the line, I find that the licorice does submerge a bit and the incense takes over. The incense/oud is incredible, very deep and intoxicating. The first time I wore it, I thought "this is what Black Afgano was trying to do". I like Black Afgano, but even though it smells good to me, I also find it very synthetic-smelling and somewhat hollow, I feel like it is mostly a trick of aromachemicals. I remember Josh saying in an interview that he loves Iso E Super, and I am sure there are aromachemicals in Vikt, but overall it smells very "real" to me, the smell of things that exist in the world. Superb.

    Sova - I was a little apprehensive about this because the comments seemed to be split between "hay, booze, tobacco, animal" (good) and "curry" (I like to eat it but not so much to smell like it). The very high praise for Sova outweighed my apprehensions and I blind-bought it. I am glad I did. My first wearing of Sova was an Aha! moment, something I don't get often these days with perfume. I was immediately amazed by the depth, complexity and uniqueness of this scent. It didn't even really seem to be a perfume in the sense that I am used to experiencing perfume. It seemed to be alive. Sorry for the purple prose, but that's really how I felt.

    One interesting thing about it is that it smells much lighter, sweeter and airier from a slight distance, but if I put my nose into my shirt, I get all the dirt and mouse dung that other reviewers have mentioned.


    Extraordinary.

    Pear and Olive - As several people have said, this seems to be a bit of an outlier from the usual Slumberhouse aesthetic. Here there is no smoke or resin, but an extraordinarily deep and penetrating, slightly powdery fragrance that seems to harken back to an earlier era; it smells more like an old Caron than a modern frag to me, and its "personality" is closest to Piguet's Bandit. That said, although I find this interesting and beautiful in a somewhat cold and standoffish way, it is not for me.

    Jeke - This is the one that seemed most tailored to my tastes, from reading the reviews and descriptions, and it is the first one I tried. The first time I wore it I made the mistake of applying two sprays, and the cade was overwhelming, although I love cade. Even so, by the end of the day I was very favorably impressed. The second time, I sprayed only once and was rewarded by a better balance. This is a real "turn it up to eleven" smoke and leather powerhouse and this may be my favorite of the lot.

    I find one spray is all you need of any of these; more is too much.

    I have yet to try my sample of Norne; I've been busy with the first four, and my general aversion to smelling like pine (see my continued inability to love Yatagan, no matter how many times I try) has also kept me busy with the others.
    Behemoth cut a slice of pineapple, salted it, peppered it, ate it, and then tossed off a second glass of alcohol so dashingly that everyone applauded.

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    Sova, Jeke & Ore are my favourites of those tried so far.

    It is interesting how Sova affects people so differently - I actually once made a definite attempt to try to detect the excess spices mentioned in Huddlerville and was most relieved to find that they escaped me as it seems only a little spicy on me.

    I remember sampling Norne on the way to grovelling around doing some weeding in a dark, mossy bit of garden under a huge tree and it seemed a very appropriate scent, must re-visit that one!

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    Zatarain, thanks for sharing your comments!

    As everyone who knows me here on Basnotes is aware, Sova is my favorite scent in the line, and a contender for my favorite fragrance period. I find that every time I wear I discover something new, which is what I love so much about Josh's fragrances. I remember when I first wore it, I immediately thought of a few Lutens I'd smelled in wax, and I think I still get some of that. Now though, I am better able to detect the more subtle notes, especially the hops, which do not smell like they do in beer, but moreso like a dried fruity note that I initially thought was raisins for the longest time.

    Jeke is a new pet love of mine as well. When I first tried the Esprit de Parfum, I was a little put off. The stuff was nuclear, and you needed like a half a spray to wear it (at least when I tried it). Now though, with the Extrait, I find it is another one of those constantly evolving scents for me. I just recently bought a bottle, but as far as what I got from my sample: I initially got a ton of smoke and not a whole lot else, but now I get the leather everyone talks about, as well as the unmistakable smell of Birch trees/bark. It is that note, I believe, that sells my heart on this. Whether or not it is mentioned in the notes, that is definitely what I smell.

    Anyway, enough rambling. Nice to see you are enjoying my favorite house!

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